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January 5 2015

Tomb of mystery Egyptian queen discovered by archaeologists


Czech archaeologists have unearthed the tomb of a previously unknown queen believed to have been the wife of Pharaoh Neferefre who ruled 4,500 years ago, officials in Egypt said Sunday.

The tomb was discovered in Abu Sir, an Old Kingdom necropolis southwest of Cairo where there are several pyramids dedicated to pharaohs of the Fifth Dynasty, including Neferefre.


Alt: Archaeologists discover tomb of previously unknown queen in Egypt

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January 4 2015

After Decades of Searching, the Causeway for the Great Pyramid of Egypt has been Found


Dozens of foreign missions carried out over three decades using the latest high-tech instruments failed to find the causeway of the Great Pyramid of Giza. Now, unexpectedly, the passage has finally been located by a local resident living near the Giza Plateau, who was illegally digging beneath his home when he discovered a tunnel leading to the Pyramid of Khufu, the largest of the three pyramids in Giza.

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January 4 2015

Pets bring kids with autism out of their shells


Pet dogs are known to improve the social skills of children with autism, but new research suggests that any pet may offer the same benefits.

“When I compared the social skills of children with autism who lived with dogs to those who did not, the children with dogs appeared to have greater social skills,” says Gretchen Carlisle, research fellow at the Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction (ReCHAI) at University of Missouri.

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January 4 2015

Sleep your way to new year’s resolution success


A few years ago I tracked over 3,000 people attempting to achieve a range of new year’s resolutions, including losing weight, exercising more, stopping smoking and drinking less. At the start of the study, 52% of participants were confident of success. One year later, only 12% had actually achieved their goal.

So what can you do to increase your chances of making your 2015 resolutions a reality? It might be as a simple as getting a better night’s sleep.

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January 4 2015

Mind over matter: Can you think your way to strength?


Regular mental imagery exercises help preserve arm strength during 4 weeks of immobilization, researchers have found. Strength is controlled by a number of factors -- the most studied by far is skeletal muscle. However, the nervous system is also an important, though not fully understood, determinant of strength and weakness. In this study, researchers set out to test how the brain's cortex plays into strength development.

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January 4 2015

Discovery of mutated gene in dogs could help treat blindness


A MERTK gene defect responsible for a recently identified form of progressive retinal atrophy in Swedish vallhund dogs has been found by an international team of scientists. This discovery opens the door to the development of therapies for diseases that cause blindness both in dogs and humans.

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January 4 2015

Snowflakes All Fall In One of 35 Different Shapes


The stunning diversity of snowflakes gives rise to the idea that every single one is unique. While "no two flakes alike" might be an attractive metaphor, it isn’t entirely true. Yet that doesn’t stop us from peering at the intricate crystal structures caught on our mittens. It also doesn’t stop researchers from painstakingly cataloguing each and every type of crystal that might form.

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January 4 2015

Lightning May Sink Mountain Summits


Rocks are pretty tough, but eventually, even the mightiest mountains crumble. Geologists usually give the credit to water and ice. But when it comes to smashing summits, a major player may be electricity—in the form of lightning. Scientists have found evidence for lightning’s role in mangling mountains in the magnetic signatures of rocks, which go haywire when blasted by bolts.

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January 4 2015

Study finds possible alternative explanation for dark energy


Dark energy is an unknown form of energy that is proposed to drive the accelerated expansion of the universe. A new study by University of Georgia professor Edward Kipreos suggests that changes in how people think about time dilation—the slowing of time predicted by Albert Einstein—can provide an alternate explanation of dark energy.

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January 4 2015

How NASA's Next Mars Rover Will Hunt for Signs of Past Life


How habitable was Mars in the past? Since NASA's Curiosity rover touched down on Mars in August 2012, it has helped answer a few of these questions in the area surrounding its equatorial landing site of Gale Crater.

Most notably, in March 2013, Curiosity investigators announced extensive evidence of a lake bed or river system in a region that NASA dubs "Yellowknife Bay.".

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January 4 2015

Mystery Object Appears Near Milky Way's Monster Black Hole


A mystery object at the center of the galaxy has astronomers scratching their heads, and a new piece of information won't be solving the case before the New Year.

In yet another twist to a saga of astronomical proportions, astronomers now say a gas cloud called G1 made a tight orbit around the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy 13 years ago. The object could be one in a series of gas clouds, the second of which may soon become a snack for the black hole.

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January 4 2015

Mystery at the sun's south pole: Nasa reveals huge 'coronal hole' on the solar surface


There were no fireworks on the sun to welcome in the New Year - and in fact, scientists say the end of the year was relatively quiet on the solar surface.

However, the sun has started 2015 with a mysterious event - a huge hole has appeared.

Known as a coronal hole, the phenomenon occurred near the south pole - and is seen as a dark area covered all of its base in these stunning images.

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January 4 2015

Cyclone Tracy: Aboriginal people foresaw 'bad event' in Darwin


It is Darwin folklore that right before Cyclone Tracy hit the city on Christmas Eve 1974, Aboriginal people had already deserted the town.

Historians have struggled to find facts to back up the rumour, and even suggested it may have been a way authorities avoided their duty of care to Aboriginal people.

But from time to time some people have suggested it could be true.

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January 4 2015

Here is how the ancient Greeks and Romans dealt with hangovers


Slightly over-indulged in wine this festive season? Suffering from throbbing headache, dry mouth, and nausea after the office Christmas party? The hair of the dog somehow does not appeal? Are you looking for time-tested cures? Fear not: these Greek and Roman remedies to alleviate a hangover or prevent one will come in handy.

Dilute your wine with water – the water will temper the heating effect of the wine. The Greeks and Romans frowned upon anyone who drank their wine “neat”, as in their opinion, this showed clear lack of self-control.

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January 4 2015

Mid-Norway Vikings among the first to sail to British Isles


Archaeological findings show that Vikings from mid- and western Norway were among the first to make the trip to the British Isles.

Vikings living in Trøndelag, a region in the middle part of Norway, were among the first in Scandinavia to travel west.

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January 4 2015

Byzantine shipwrecks reveal advanced shipbuilding techniques


A trove of ancient Byzantine ships found in waters near Istanbul, Turkey, displayed more advanced construction than scholars previously knew for that era. The ships include two unique Byzantine galleys propelled by oars, which are the first of their kind to be salvaged and were previously known only from text and images.

Officials are planning a large museum to show the ships, which date back between 800 and 1,500 years, but it may be several years before their hulls are prepared to the point that they may be exhibited.

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January 4 2015

Mayan Civilization Declined and Ultimately Died Due to Long Droughts


New research centered on the world famous "Blue Hole" in Belize suggests the ancient Mayan civilization died out due to a massively long drought.

According to Live Science, researchers found minerals in the underwater cave that indicated a past drought that lasted for approximately 100 years, from 800 A.D. to 900 A.D. For the past several centuries, the Mayans were prospering on the Yucatan Peninsula, but their decline began in 700 A.D.

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